The Future May Have a Venipuncture Robot

Sometimes getting your blood drawn can be a distressing experience. Veins aren’t always easy to locate and when they are identified; sometimes they “roll”, resulting in multiple needle pricks. As an adult we understand the process, but children who need blood work drawn might not, making it especially distressing for them. Venipuncture is definitely a skill that needs practice.

Risk

Not only can venipuncture be uncomfortable for the patient, but the care provider has an increased risk of accidental needlestick injuries which can potentially be life threatening. The National Center for Biotechnology (NCBI) reports that 3 out of 1,000 healthcare workers will contract HIV through accidental needle pricks.

Venipuncture Robots

In an effort to reduce the number of attempts to draw blood out of your veins, scientist have designed a venipuncture robot. At first glance, it might seem like a bad idea. Robots are clunky, right? Not in this case. This uses near-infrared and ultrasound imaging to locate veins and creates a 3D model before actually poking the patient. It also performs instant blood analysis, eliminating having to send blood to a lab. Your doctors could potentially have your blood work available to diagnose before you see them.

Partners in Healthcare

Overall, a venipuncture robot has the potential to reduce risk of injury to both the patient and the health care staff. We’re excited about this recent technology. At Family Diagnostic Clinic, we have a variety of services to help keep you healthy. Visit us at one of our two locations in Tomball and Houston. Call today. 281-351-6800


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